Year in and year out Liberian media institutions are replete with stories of broad daylight stealing of Liberian Community organizations’ money. Those entrusted with public office willfully steal their Members’ money for various reasons including, but not limited to meeting their social needs.
The latest suspected theft is Solomon Nyonbeor Tardey, who allegedly stole nearly six thousand fifty two dollars eleven cents (US$6,052.11) of the Konobo Statutory District Association (KSDA) Members’ money.
The thirty six year old Tardey, was recently elected with flying colors by bona fide dues paying Members of KSDA, who had hoped they were electing a young, abrasive Grand Gedean who was prepared to move the organization forward.
Unfortunately, no latter did they know they were electing a reported composite liar and an alleged notorious theft, who was prepared to go to any length, to satisfy his social desire and meet his financial needs with money he did not earn nor deserve.
That money could have been used for other developmental purposes. It was not intended to meet the personal needs of Solomon Tardey, at the expense of the hard working people of the Konobo Statutory District Association here in the United States.
That money could have also been used to meet some of the needs of the District’s Teachers, who are making sacrifices, by impacting knowledge in the youth of the District in Grand Gedeh in the Republic of Liberia.
This is why, the Editorial Staff of the Independent Eye News (IEN), undoubtedly stands behind the KSDA’s national leadership, most especially the National Board and the Quaye Special Task Force (STF).
We firmly stand by these two organs’ unwavering resolve to retrieve every stolen penny of the Konobo Statutory District Association (KSDA), through every possible judicial means.
The Editorial Staff of the IEN wishes to make it unequivocally clear that the admission of guilt for the commission of a crime does not in any way vindicate the suspect or his accomplice(s).
If anybody willfully betrays the trust and violate the law, he/she must be prepared to bear the full weight of the law, for the consequences of the act committed, even after the stolen item is retrieved and an apology offered.
Therefore, the admission by Solomon Tardey through writing that indeed he stole KSDA’s money, does not preclude (clear) him from being held culprit able for the alleged crime committed.
He made a very conscious decision to steal and must be made to face the full consequences of the choice he made by knowingly taking what did not legally belong to him personally.
The Editorial Staff of the Independent Eye News believes that the only reason the KSDA National Leadership is insisting on using the legal means in getting its money back, is because the money was not loan to Solomon Tardey. It was allegedly stolen by him, under the color of darkness.
This is why the Editorial Staff of the Independent Eye News agrees with the KSDA National Board and the Special Task Force, that there must be some legal mechanism in place to retrieve the stolen money.
There is no doubt, Tardey has proven beyond a reasonable doubt, that indeed he is not a trust worthy individual to do business with. The Editorial Staff of the IEN believes, Tardey’s so-called repayment scheme in nothing but another attempt to blackmail KSDA.
From his past demonstrated behavior, we have no reason to believe that the Konobo Statutory District Association should enter into any “UNWRITTEN GENTLEMAN AGREEMENT” with him (Tardey), because there is no guarantee of repayment.
Besides, there is no mechanism through which Tardey could be held accountable, if he defaults on his so-called proposed re-payment arrangement, over a four month period at his own appointed time.
What Tardey fails to realize and understand is that he has allegedly committed the crime of misdemeanor (felony), for which he deserves to be treated as such. Right now, we believe he belongs behind bars, pending his trial.
He should not be rooming the streets and trying to blackmail KSDA again, by proposing a bogus deal and sharing Crocodile or alligator tears only to win public sympathy for his alleged criminal behavior.
On the flip side however, while the Editorial Staff of the IEN is very apprehensive about Tardey’s trustworthiness, it wishes to use this medium to appeal to the Boley KSDA National Board, not to shut the door to any ‘LEGAL OUT OF COURT SETTLEMENT,’ in its attempts to retrieving the Association’s money.
Our appeal is contingent on the fact that there is also a long list of suspects who, after allegedly stealing the community’s money, make it appear as though they are only owing their respective organizations.
We challenge them to adduce copies of loan agreements enter into by and between them and their respective organizations that qualify them as debtors.
The list includes, but not limited to the following individuals within our community, who are still rooming the streets including: Solomon Nyonbeor Tardey, (US$6, 052.11), Henry Z. Kyne, (US$4, 055.00), David Gbortoe, (US$1, 520.00).
Others are; Arthur Kannah, (US$1, 400.00) Philip Chea (US$1,400.00), Fred Tarlue Tarlue Gwyan, (US$1,000.00) and Paye Dennis, (US$600.00). These individuals and the amounts set opposite their names are due to the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA).
The Editorial Staff of the Independent Eye News, is therefore calling on this organizations’ current leadership to muster the courage and ‘PROSECUTE THEM,’ if they refuse to cooperate by paying back what is legitimately due the GGAA.
Meanwhile, the “YEAR 2011 IN REVIEW,” covering the life span of the Independent Eye News since its birth in August of this year, will be published shortly. Watch out for it!
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